Saturday night, a horrific attack took place on Americans. With 50 killed and another 53 wounded, what President Obama described as the worst mass killing in U.S. history, this mass murder targeted a very specific segment of the population: Gay Americans.
There’s no doubt something like this was bound to happen. We’ve been hearing for decades that American “soft targets” are vulnerable. After San Bernardino, Paris, and Brussels, well-armed and prepared terrorists conducting attacks in public settings has become far too common.
“The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub, it was a place of solidarity,” he said. “This is a sobering reminder, that attacks on any American regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.”
Obama used the word “terror,” and he repeatedly used the word “hate.” But he failed to mention the source of that hate, as if there was some undefined force beaming hate down to certain individuals, without regard to whom and what those people follow.
The gunman, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, was heard shouting “Allah Akbar” while engaging officers, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
But according to Rep. Adam Schiff, from California, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, it’s pretty clear where the hate came from, Reuters reported.
He noted that the incident occurred during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, that Islamic State had called for attacks during this period and that the target was an LGBT nightclub and was hit during Gay Pride weekend.
Moreover, he said, that, if accurate, “according to local law enforcement the shooter declared his allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State.)”
An audio message purportedly issued last month by the spokesman of Islamic State called on followers to launch attacks in the United States and Europe during Ramadan, which began on June 5 in the United States.
“Ramadan, the month of conquest and jihad. Get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers … especially for the fighters and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America,” said the statement allegedly made by Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and distributed over Twitter accounts usually associated with Islamic State.
“The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night,” said the audio clip, the authenticity of which could not be verified.
Could ISIS have sent a clearer signal? Could radical Islam be more clear in its position on gays and lesbians? No, I don’t think they could. Now there are reports that more attacks were planned targeting a California gay pride parade.
The American LGBT community deserves protection, not condemnation. The answer to this problem is not President Obama’s first reflexive reaction–to eliminate guns from civilian hands (which he again incorrectly called an “assault rifle”). The president did, however, get one thing straight: We must combat hate with love.
Gays and lesbians have been inculcated with values that place Christians in their enemy’s camp. The Bible, Christianity, and those who seem to want to limit marriage, military service, and other things the LGBT political agenda wants to claim for themselves to traditional roles and morals have been the boogeyman for decades. Muslims oppose most Christian moral agendas, which makes sense if you consider that Muslims believe in polygamy.
But the enemy of my enemy is seldom my friend. In this case, the radical Islamic agenda has been horrifically exposed for what it is. The hate is driven by an ideology that causes gays in the Middle East to be subjected to jail in even “moderate” countries like Saudi Arabia, or thrown from buildings by extreme groups like ISIS.
American Christians may not agree with the LGBT political agenda. I certainly do not. But I do value their lives, because they are precious to God, and therefore to me. Their lives are not precious to radical Islamists. Contrary to everything the gay community believes, they will have no greater friend in this battle of ideology than American Christians.
The LGBT community does deserve our special protection. Not against Christians, however. They deserve protection against Muslims who follow an evil ideology sprung from their holy books. We can argue all day long over whether that evil is a misinterpretation of the Quran or the actual interpretation of their beliefs. I don’t care, because radical Islam kills, and will continue to kill until it is crushed.
I would gladly stand guard, AR-15 in hand, at any gay bar to protect these Americans, with whom I disagree, but will defend with my life. I do this because I love them like Jesus loves them. When the time comes for choosing enemies, I pray that LGBT Americans would choose very carefully.